I've read a number of books by David Weber and considered him the most talented Sci Fi writer I'd come across in a long time but I've changed my opinion after finally wading through this one. The plot and action sequences are up to Weber's usual excellent standards but somewhere along the line he apparently has become convinced that his books have to be very thick to be good. I was through over half the book before anything resembling actual action had occurred. The inane sequences in the ice cream shop and at the dinner table had a Brady Bunch quality to them that was almost intolerable. I've gone back to listen to a number of my favorite audio books over more than once and have even brought the print version so enjoy them more fully - I doubt many readers would say that about this book. I also agree with one previous reviewer that the reader doesn't help the book at all - his attempts at a Scottish accent are pretty woeful. I'm through with being Torch-ered - and off to find a new favorite author.
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